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daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

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December 15, 2005

so this is Christmas ??

love that song by John Lennon.
but really - under my funny looking tree is a sad little pile of gifts. One for each person....all wrapped up in brown paper, thought & love plus a sprinkling of cinnamon oil on the tie ! Usually there is a huge pile of presents - I shop for each person * then I shop again & again ..buying stuff they don't need. So this year I decided not to go mental and to stick with minimum. And I am pleased to say - I have done just that. Each present under that tree is something that the receiver wanted. I just can't seem to get into the 'spirit' of the season - and by reading other blogs - most people are the same - is that a coincedence or are people sick & tired of the commercialism & the want, want * want ?


Blogger Amy said...

Yes I can understand what you mean, I feel the same way. I'm tired of the wanting, I've done the same as you and stuck to a budget this year.

8:23 am  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

Every time you turn on the t.v. its all about the presents one simply must buy in order to create the perfect Christmas,and of course thats the only way to make someone happy! Pooh,I am so tired of it,we have definatley pared down,and our trying to keep the true meaning of Christmas,our big challenge is just trying to be in the Christmas mood!

9:00 am  
Blogger Kali said...

The simpler the better...it's all about love, rather than how much one can give/receive.

9:29 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

We had tons of presents under the tree at our family Christmas but they were mostly homemade or bought at the second hand shops. This was our best Christmas ever as we loved seeing what the other made or found just for us. I spent less than $200 on 22 gifts or materials to make some of them. I usually spend that much on 2 or 3 gifts. We are going to stick with the same theme next year.

9:50 am  
Blogger dolly said...

oh yep I too have for the last few years at least been paring right down, the worm has turned I feel on all that commercialism, I hope so anyway. More and more people I speak to seem to be more and more fed up with it. We were in Florida last year and so my kids had one bag of bits and bobs under a indoor plant that was decorated with a bit of tinsel. I bought them sticker books, pens and games and we all played together and there were over the moon. Never, ever again will I get involved in all that stress. For next year I am planning on making bits - so many of my friends lurve the bags I make but I never had the time to get them all one made for Christmas, next year I'll start straight away.

Hope you are enjoying the weather Ms*R and it's not too hot for you.

11:34 am  
Blogger HomemakerAng said...

yes I AM SICK OF THE COMERCIALISM TOO! I really cannot get into it. I am looking forward to just spending time with my extended family and remembering Christmas for what it is meant for!
I am on the team

1:34 pm  
Blogger Connie and Rob said...

We pick names in our family. It has gotten quite large with my nieces and nephew getting married and having children.

Anyway I try to always put my heart in each gift I buy. After Christmas is over I always feel a little empty. Not sure why. Maybe it is all this commercialism.

I would love the idea of home-made gifts. Now that really comes from the heart.


6:58 pm  
Blogger Dawn said...

Our family tries to keep it simple. We do not go overboard..just try to get maybe one nice "heart's desire" gift (and I don't mean a new TV or an Ipod either) and a little tiny something to go with it. With so many in the family, we do not want to be bogged down by the "stuff" but rather to really focus on why we celebrate at all..which is the birth of our Saviour.
For years, our traditional wrapping has been the brown paper. The children used to potato stamp it - that was fun...AND messy! (But anything fun is usually messy with kids.)
The last couple of years I have broken with that tradition and bought plain red..on sale after Christmas. I still prefer the brown.

12:34 am  
Blogger Garden girl said...

bought Dh 4 tiny gifts...all stuff he needs, like a tiny diary, some munchies, boxers, and ? oh cant remember...whole lot cost under $30. He keeps asking what i want....nothing at all, just love and to be surrounded by family on christmas day.
I too am sick of all that commercialism - good post ms robyn!

12:36 am  
Blogger ~NanCourt~ said...

Please read my latest post on my blog....you will see that I have felt this way for a long, long time. Oh there have been years I caved in and bought my child and family WAY too much but I learned I was just compensating.....until I realized that they loved me for ME and that the financial hardship and stress I created for myself did not enhance anyone's Christmas.
I finally got it.......

1:57 pm  

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